The Monument (pub), Fish Street Hill, London

A great morning out. We went up Tower Bridge. Up. You can walk across the walkways that tie the two towers together. And in the centre of each of the walkways there are glass floors, so you can peek down to the road and the river beneath. Plenty of opportunities for selfies (particularly in the west walkway which has a mirror on the ceiling above the glass floor).

There’s an exhibition, plenty of photo opportunities and you can then walk down the south tower and down to the old Victorian engine rooms. As a sometimes cynical tourist, I was very impressed, it’s a great attraction.

Our tickets also got us a trip up to the top of the Monument, which is the monument to the Great Fire of London. No lifts here, just 311 steps, so some refreshment was needed first. Just a stone’s throw across the road (you can see the monument from the window) is the pub also called The Monument.

A Greene King pub which was recently refurbished, this is a pretty classy central London pub. There are the usual Greene King ales on, as well as some excellent guest ales and bottles from their newer “craft” range.

Matt had some BrewDog Candy Kaiser, which I also sampled – this was great stuff but definitely needs more hops.

The Double Hop Monster was double something, but not double hop. A good beer but no way a double IPA.

Time for a spot of lunch then, the buttermilk chicken burger, with dry cured bacon, guacamole and smoked mayo, with fries. A perfect lunch burger, not too heavy and a very good combination of flavours.

And served on a plate! I was worried that they would be going for trendy non-plate roof tiles, but they kept it classic.

A cracking London pub, and certainly MOFAD approved. The traditional MOFAD card was left.

And the trip up the Monument was well worth the effort – great views, and brilliantĀ to still be able to go up something that was built in the 1600s…

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